Chief Executive Officer, Growth Mantra
Simon worked for the Saatchi brothers for 25 years from 1983 to 2007.
He started as a graduate trainee at Saatchi & Saatchi in London, then moved to Sydney after 5 years. He became MD of Taiwan (1991), then CEO Ireland (1992-
95) and returned to Australia to found M&C Saatchi Australia in May 1995.
Over the next 12 years, he built M&C Saatchi into a top 3 Australian Agency, with a range of blue chip clients, 300 staff and $50million in revenues.
Simon left M&C Saatchi in 2007, to start Growth Mantra. Growth Mantra is a boutique strategy consultancy focussed on growth.
Growth Mantra combines the creativity of marketing with the disciplines of management consulting.
Growth Mantra forecasts markets to identify opportunities for growth, then brings the strategy to life in the market.
Growth Mantra has worked with a large number of blue chip companies, including: AGL, Coca-Cola, Diageo, GSK, McDonald's, NAB, NIB, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Suncorp, Tabcorp, Vocus and Woolworths.
Simon is married to Monique and has three sons, Nicholas, Marcus and Oscar.
Dr. Tanya Fiedler
PhD, Lecturer, The University of Sydney
Dr Tanya Fiedler is a lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting and completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales. Tanya's research is deeply interdisciplinary, her interests concerned with the ways in which engineering, and climate science integrate into work practices, business strategy and accounting. Prior to her academic career, Tanya worked as a consultant for Energetics, a specialist climate, carbon and energy consultancy.
Managing Partner, PwC Australia
Jamie is the Managing Partner of the Adelaide office of PwC. As the former Federal Minister for Cities and the Built Environment and the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie is extensively connected amongst the senior executive and Cabinets of both state and federal governments. He is known for his deep political acumen and vast knowledge of the political environment through each department. Prior to entering Parliament he was a Senior Advisor to the then Prime Minister the Hon. John Howard from 2004-2007 advising on workplace relations reform. Jamie was instrumental in developing PwC’s approach to cities with the development of the ‘CityPulse’ concept. He has been working very closely with significant private sector clients to develop solutions to important problems by providing a deep understanding of government and its processes driven from extensive and unique experience in the government sector. Jamie has completed his MBA at the University of Adelaide and is a non-executive Director at the Moorebank Intermodal Company and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is married to Estée and has three children Elka, Henry and Scarlett.
Professor Caroline McMillen AO
Chief Scientist for South Australia
Professor Caroline McMillen AO is the Chief Scientist for South Australia and is a distinguished medical and health researcher, holding national and international roles in research, industry engagement, innovation strategy and policy development.
Professor McMillen was Vice Chancellor at the University of Newcastle for seven years and has previously worked at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, in senior education, research and innovation portfolios.